We spend most of our natural days at work, in fact, it’s been estimated that we spend a third of our lives at work.  It’s the biggest responsibility most of us have in our lives and it’s what helps us carve out our place in the world. For International Week of Happiness at Work, which falls on 25 to 29 September, let us put a focus on elevating our workspace. Since we spend most of our days buckling down and working, it’s only right that we make that space as productive and welcoming as possible.
The Work Environment
We may not realise it, but our physical workspace can contribute to our overall mental health and stability at work. The space we take up while at work can affect how we feel emotionally and can even affect our productivity.  Listed below are just some of the benefits of maintaining a clean and organised workspace.
Improved Concentration – With a clean, organised workspace, we can better concentrate on our work for longer. Even when you’re working at the office or in your own home, keeping a clean workspace can help improve your concentration. This is because with less mess and clutter, you can better focus on your workload. Mess on your desk may sometimes distract you from your work and may even make you feel ineffective. 
Increased Productivity – Productivity can also be affected by one’s workspace – a messy workspace can stifle creativity and bog down the mind, but studies have revealed that a clean workspace can lead to 15% more productivity. 
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Improved Mood – Our work stations play a big role in how we feel emotionally and how those feelings affect our work and outputs. We’ve already established that having too much clutter can be counterproductive to our work goals, so it stands to reason that having less stuff on our desk can really help us maintain our good mood while working cheerfully.
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Less Stress – A clean space also has the benefit of reducing your stress levels at work. By bettering your working environment and keeping your work desk organised, you can create a sense of ease in your daily grind – because the organisation alone means that all the important tools and materials you’ll need are tucked away in their own corners, which will make it easier for you to know where to get them.
Not to mention the fact that a very messy workspace can sometimes make you feel like other aspects of your life are just as messy. By keeping your workspace clean, you can feel in control over your environment which can then help you better focus on more pressing matters in your life. 
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Improved Positivity – Our workplace is essentially a second home for us. Whether it’s located in an office building or right inside our homes, our workspace is where we go to spend most of our time during the day (even night, for some people). As such, keeping a great atmosphere in this space is crucial. A clean space can improve one’s happiness and foster a positive environment every time we get to work.
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Spread the Serenity
The workplace can often be a source of great stress, so when you find your peace, why not share it with others? Have a chat with your coworkers over lunch and have a cup of tea with them. Serenity in times of stress can be achieved with NOW Foods Chamomile Tea. It’s comfort in a cup! This delightfully smooth tea will zap the stress out of your day and help you unwind for a good night’s sleep.
If you’re feeling a little more interested in a calm me-time tea-time session at work, try our NOW Foods Organic Senna Tea! It’s caffeine-free and can help detoxify the gut and relieve constipation.
If you’re not up for some tea, you can always give your office the ambience it deserves by letting our NOW Foods essential oils fill the air with the scents of orange, lemon, grapefruit, ylang ylang and many more! NOW Foods offers a wide range of essential oils fit for any season, any time!